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Mighty Mike McGee’s Performance Poetry Checklist

Questions to ask yourself and your new poem!

Does this poem need to be performed? Can it truly be performed or does it live better on paper?

• If it is indeed a performance piece, how does this topic actually make you feel?

• What happened in your life that fits that feeling?

• How do I intend to make the audience feel?

• Do I want the audience to empathize, sympathize or feel guilty through my performance? (Example: If you feel happy and you want them to feel happy, you should actually appear happy or exude joy throughout your performance. The idea that we can direct an audience how to feel about us in three minutes is mostly false.)

• One of the laziest emotional routes we tend to lead our audience is guilt. Is there any point in my performance when the audience is likely to feel shame or guilt? Is it imperative to the delivery of the poem, or am I doing it to ensure a higher score in a poetry competition?

• While the movements and emotions need to be bigger in order to register on stage, how can I minimize theatrics and level my voice in order to get a more natural performance out of this poem? Am I too quiet? Am I screaming?

• Outside of spoken word and poetry, whose performance work and skill do I look up to most? Why? What is it about their performance abilities I appreciate most? What can I learn from those traits?

• Which spoken word artists inspire me most? Is it the quality of their writing or their performance, or both? What do I take from that with each observation of their work? Am I directly copying people I admire?

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What’s a multi-voiced
poem on fecal oil?
Group piece on poop grease!

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RC WeslowskiMy Soft Response To The Wars

One of my most favorite spoken word pieces of all time from my favorite spoken word artist of all time.

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“Mighty” Mike McGee’s live set at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival :: April 5, 2014

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“Mighty” Mike McGee performs Who’s Counting? at the Vancouver Poetry Slam on January 14, 2013.

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My Last Show of 2013 & My Only Show in Cali

I am in the East Bay for Anarchy tonight. I will host AND feature at tonight’s Berkeley Poetry Slam: https://www.facebook.com/events/1389284171319885/

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Canadian Indie Slam Final Tonight! #VIPF

The Finalists for the 2nd Annual Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship happening TONIGHT! Saturday April 28th at The Rio Theatre, are

Loh’El
Fannon
RC Weslowski
Winona Linn
Alessandra Nacaratto
Ryan Thom
Jen Kunlire
Ritalin
Colin Matty
Matthew Christopher Davidson

Lots of skilled performers in this list. It’s going to be incredible. I am pretty stoked.

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#VIPF & #CIPS Tonight!

Canadian Individual Poetry Slam Championship Last Chance Slam
Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr. East Vancouver, B.C.), 7:30pm doors open, 8pm show starts, all ages, $10

http://vancouverpoetryfestival.com/events-listing/

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This is Ian Keteku. He’s a World Champion Poetry Slammer from Ottawa. He’s the headliner for tonight’s Vancouver Poetry Slam Final at The Rio Theatre in East Van (Commercial & Broadway). I, Mike McGee, am tonight’s host. This begins the 2nd Annual Vancouver International Poetry Festival. Come on down and check out the festivities. Click on the image for more info for tonight’s poetry slam and other very rad things to come.

http://vancouverpoetryfestival.com